...at least on the runway in Spain. Five models that had a BMI (body mass index) under what the World Heath Organization deems as healthy were booted from a fashion show in Madrid and London may follow suit.
"...Five of the 68 models who showed up for appraisal failed the test, the doctors said. The models were over 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed less than 121.25 pounds, Monereo said.
''They had a body mass index below, well below, that which is considered normal not just by the Spanish endocrinology society, whom we represent, but also by the limits set by the World Health Organization,'' Monereo said.
The show, which starts Monday and runs until Friday, wanted to project an image of beauty, elegance and health, and also banned makeup that makes models appear sickly, organizer Cuca Solana said.
''Clearly we don't want walking skeletons,'' Solana said." (source)
I think it's Hollywood that needs to address this issue -and not really the fashion industry. Most girls want to emulate movie stars -not runway models.
One designer said they use such skinny models to achieve a "hanger effect" (which is hardly a flattering statement). The fashion houses want the shows to be about the clothes and not the model or the body in them. I get that.
...what I don't get is the starved look of Nichole Richie, Jennifer Aniston, Calista Flockhart and Keira Knightly...